Sindh LG Act: Sindh will not file a petition for review against SC decision

The Sindh government has decided to make amendments to the Sindh Local Government (Amendment) Act 2021 in light of a Supreme Court judgment and agreements reached with various political parties.

A ministerial committee set up by the Sindh cabinet to review the Supreme Court’s Feb. 1 verdict on local government powers has presented its proposals on the LG Act. He decided not to file a petition for review against the SC verdict.

The committee proposed that administrative control of the Mass Transit Authority and the Food Authority should not be transferred to local governments and that the environmental protection agency also remain within the provincial government. The committee will present its recommendations to Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and the cabinet.

It should be noted that the Supreme Court had, on February 1, ordered the government of Sindh to delegate powers to the local government of the province.

The Supreme Court rendered this verdict on a petition filed by the MQM-P in which it demanded a transfer of power to the local organs of Sindh.

Former Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed, who drafted the judgment, said it was the prerogative of local governments to draw up and implement master plans. The provincial government cannot start a project that falls within the realm of local government, the Supreme Court ruled.

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